The Carol Emmott Fellowship helps exceptional women leaders increase their influence, impact, and national visibility. The Fellowship is uniquely designed to spark change and improve gender equity in health leadership.

The Carol Emmott Fellowship focuses on accelerating the leadership capacity and impact of women leaders in health. The program provides a platform for fellows to promote and leverage their national visibility so they can advance their career trajectories and make an even greater impact on equity in the workplace.

The 14-month fellowship program connects remarkable women with peers, nationally acclaimed mentors, and resources that help create pathways into senior executive leadership within their institutions and the health field.

Fellowship recipients are paired with hand-selected mentors who are nationally recognized senior executive leaders. Each fellow pursues an impact project, which they plan in coordination with their health organization, that promotes sponsorship opportunities and visibility within the organization. Fellows are also afforded opportunities to publish and present their work to the extensive Foundation community.

See what those who have completed the Fellowship and are now part of the Fellowship Network have to say about the program in this 5 minute video.


Nominations for the Class of 2025 are open.

  • June 1 — Nomination form and letter of recommendation due from the sponsoring organization
  • June 30 — Completed application form due from nominee
  • July/August — Phone interviews with candidates
  • October — Class of 2025 fellows selected; sponsoring organizations and fellows notified
  • January 1, 2025 — Fellowship program year begins


Fellowship candidates must first be nominated by leadership at their own institution or by an organization within their health community interested in sponsoring them. Each sponsoring organization may nominate up to three candidates for consideration. Nominations from all health sectors are welcome. Find out more about the selection process.

To find out about the Foundation-Sponsored Fellowship Fund, institution eligibility requirements, and how to apply for a position sponsored in full by The Carol Emmott Foundation, click here.


Each nominee should meet the following criteria:

Vision And Achievement

  • She is a woman leader in health who has a bold vision.
  • She is a trailblazer, ready to lead large-scale system reform.
  • She is a talented innovator with a track record of remarkable professional leadership who would be considered for a senior executive position within five to seven years. She could be on the CEO track if supported to do so.

Setting Strategy

  • She is accessible, yet an independent thinker who can synthesize disparate points of view and information.
  • She pursues gaining a broader knowledge and future-oriented perspective of health.
  • She is comfortable with “what if” scenarios and manages ambiguity well.

Leading teams

  • She embodies a high performance culture, expected leadership behaviors, and reinforces the organization’s vision and values.
  • She aims to be an inspirational, emotionally intelligent leader who has the ability to manage, motivate, and engage employees at all levels of the organization.
  • She seeks to work across teams to create collaboration.

Prioritization and Judgment

  • She prioritizes and focuses on ideas, opportunities, issues, and projects based on business strategy, financial acumen, and a solid understanding of organizational and human nature.
  • She makes timely, sound judgments in uncertain and changing situations.

Partnership and Communication

  • She aspires to develop and maintain quality, long-term relationships and partnerships based on transparency, trust, communication, confidentiality, and credibility to accomplish strategic objectives.
  • She has the ability to influence others by clearly and concisely presenting and discussing opinions, ideas, information, and positions.
  • She manages disagreements and conflicts with empathy and diplomacy.


  • She reflects a diverse workforce and background and has demonstrated dedication to improving the lives of members of diverse communities.
  • She recognizes the value of diversity and equity, and intentionally creates a safe, inclusive environment in her work setting.


  • Availability to attend four on-site retreats during the 14-month program.
  • There are no formal age requirements. However, the program is designed to provide a platform for candidates who have a record of leadership success and plan to establish themselves as premier figures in health to maximize the benefits to the fellows and their sponsoring organizations.
  • Candidates cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Foundation Board or Leadership Council member.
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. Participants do not need to relocate and can continue their work full time.